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November 17, 2014

From the Executive Director's (chilly!) Office (but with better views of the river now that the leaves are gone)

As we enter Thanksgiving Week (I have to find a Turkey Day race soon!), I'd like to wish each of you a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday. I know I have so much to be thankful for, and I always appreciate Thanksgiving week where things wind down for just a bit and we, as a family, can re-group and exhale after the mad dash from the start of the school year to now, and find some quiet, unstructured time to go to the beach, be in the woods, and maybe catch a movie or two. I wish you all a lovely and relaxing holiday.​

NAO 2014 Fall Conference

One week to go! I'm looking forward to seeing so many of you in Crystal City next week! We have a tremendous agenda planned and I am certain those attending will have a great experience. Can't wait to see you in DC! Safe travels for those who are attending and we'll keep our fingers crossed for no weather-related travel issues!

Washington, DC Update

FY 2015 Appropriations

House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders are still negotiating a 12 bill omnibus spending bill, which may be considered as early as Dec. 8. However, several factors may complicate progress or consideration of the bill, including the administration's emergency funding requests and calls for short-term continuing resolution (CR) to address the spending bills in the next Congress.

On November 12th HPNEC, of which NAO is a member, sent a letter urging House and Senate Labor-HHS Subcommittee leadership to fully fund Titles VII and VIII in FY 2015. The letter is available on the HPNEC website or at: https://www.aamc.org/advocacy/hpnec/fy15omnibusletter.pdf. As we get more information we will share it here.

Press and Publications

The New England Journal of Medicine Oct. 16 published an article by John Igelhart entitled, "Diversity Dynamics – Challenges to a Representative U.S. Medical Workforce," which explores the current state of diversity in the health professions and challenges to creating a more diverse healthcare workforce. Find the article at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1408647

The AAMC's October 2014 Analysis in Brief (AIB) focuses on interprofessional education. The brief's findings suggest that students who learn alongside students from a greater number of other health professions report having a better understanding of collaborative, interprofessional care of patients, and report higher levels of overall satisfaction with their medical training.

Find the AIB at: https://www.aamc.org/download/410378/data/oct2014interprofessionaleducationalopportunities.pdf

The AAMC released the 2014 "Diversity in the Physician Workforce: Facts & Figures" in an interactive, online format. The report offers statistics on demographics and practice patterns of the physician workforce and allows users to view data and trends via interactive maps, tables and charts and includes an option to download spreadsheets. Find the report at: http://aamcdiversityfactsandfigures.org/

CDC HPV Project & NAO National Training Center​

Thank you to those who attended one of the three webinars presented last week and the week before regarding the CDC HPV project. Nearly every state was represented on the calls--well done! The webinars provided a high-altitude overview of the project and a broad timeline of project implementation.

H​ere's ​the link to the kick-off recording: http://a-tracc.adobeconnect.com/p4ieegzxmy9/ and please email info@atracc.org for a copy of the slides if you'd like them​.

A list of project FAQs is being developed and that will be shared soon. Thank you again to all who participated and there will certainly be a great deal more material and information being distributed soon. ​ Please be sure to watch your inbox for details!

What do you think? Is there a physician shortage currently or one coming?​

There was an interesting story on NPR last week regarding a doc shortage--or perhaps not. Take a listen--and hear from some of our NAO partners--and weigh in with your thoughts: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/11/18/360145347/doctor-shortage-looming-maybe-not

Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!
Rob